Iomega makes fastest CD-RW drive available in India

By : |December 5, 2001 0

SINGAPORE: Iomega has announced the availability of its latest and fastest
CD-RW drive, the new 16x10x40 external CD-RW drive, in India. The new drive
supports the new USB 2.0. It features 16x write speed across the entire disc,
allowing users to ‘burn’ a 60-minute audio CD in less than five minutes, or back
up a 500 MB file in under eight minutes.

It has 32x digital audio extraction speed and can rip a three-minute song
from a CD in six seconds. The CD-RW drive also features Buffer UnderRuN
protection. The drive is available at a retail price of Rs 13,000.

Iomega is looking at the CD-R business seriously and focussing its attention
on ‘Peerless’, a 20 GB drive. Sanjeev Gupta, marketing manager, Asia South,
Iomega, said that there is a major consolidation taking place in the CD-R
business and Iomega wants to pick up a large share of the pie.

Meanwhile, Iomega claims the closing down of its Indian office has not
affected its channel programs. The Iomega-certified partner program has taken an
upturn, with over 250 partners enrolling in it, claims Sanjeev.

The company wants its partners to inform users that a conventional floppy is
not good enough for storage. “Every important and valuable data needs to be
stored efficiently and backed up constantly. Hence, the importance of Zip disks
and drives,” he said.

He added that the price per megabyte for a Zip disk works out to be lower
than an ordinary floppy as the former can store information equivalent to that
of 173 floppies. “So, Iomega’s focus on Zip disks and drives
continues”, said Sanjeev, who wants the channel partners to aggressively
market these products to professionals and individuals within the enterprise

“Our products have longer life-cycle,” said Sanjeev, adding,
“We don’t want our partners to lose money on stocks.” So, Iomega makes
its products easily available in India through three distributors — Neoteric
Infomatique, Ingram Micro and Tech Pacific.

Sanjiv is also looking for a steady growth since market segments are nowhere
to reach saturation point for Zip disks and drives. “We are at an infant
stage of growth,” said Sanjeev who wants partners to explore the potential
of storage and back-up business.

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